As many as 56 employees of the Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL) had been killed in electrical mishaps since 2011, according to the statistics presented in the Assembly on Tuesday. The majority of the victims - 33 - were linemen, while 15 were electricity workers, Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed said. Four overseers, three sub-engineers and an assistant engineer were also killed in mishaps.
In 2011, 12 staff, including Merin Isaac, the assistant engineer, were killed. Merin was one of the employees killed in the explosion at the Moolamattam power station in June 2011.The number rose to 19 in 2012. In 2013, eight employees died, while 13 died in 2014. In the recent years, the KSEBL had published a set of stern guidelines while undertaking works on its installations across the state. Alarmed by the increase in accidents, the KSEBL had issued a circular in August 2013, warning the employees of stern disciplinary action in the event of ignoring mandatory precautions while undertaking works. he circular was issued in the wake of an alarming rise in the number of fatalities among KSEBL employees, contract workers and members of the public.